ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) – An Orlando waitress saved a young boy from allegedly abusive parents after she noticed he was bruised and wasn’t being allowed to eat, according to NBC affiliate WESH.
Flavaine Carvalho was working on New Year’s Day at Mrs. Potato Restaurant when she called authorities about a possible child abuse case, said Orlando police.
She told officers that a customer, Timothy Wilson II, 34, wasn’t allowing an 11-year-old boy at his table to order anything and that she saw bruises on his face and arms, reported WESH.
The waitress wrote a note that said “Do you need help?” and placed herself behind the boy’s parents so he could see the message.
The child eventually signaled yes and Carvalho called the authorities. Wilson was arrested on one count of third-degree child abuse.
Police said the boy revealed other mistreatment he had been through when he was interviewed by detectives.
The boy told them ratchet straps were tied around his ankles and neck, and he was hung upside down from a door, officers said. The child also said he was hit with a wooden broom, handcuffed and tied to a large moving dolly.
Police said the boy claimed he didn’t get to eat on a regular basis as punishment.
Wilson was arrested a second time on Jan. 6 and is facing multiple charges of aggravated child abuse and child neglect, reported WESH.
The child’s mother, Kristen Swann, was also interviewed by police. She admitted to knowing about the abuse and failing to seek medical care for the boy.
Swann was arrested on Jan. 6 and is facing two counts of child neglect.